The Prairie Club, another McGowan Capital Group investment, is a semi-private golf destination located south of Valentine, Nebraska. It is located on the rim of the Snake River Canyon and rivals famous golfing destinations. They offer two 18-hole courses, a 10-hole course and a 17 acre practice facility.
“Sand Hills, located about 90 minutes south of The Prairie Club, put Nebraska on the golf map. While most golfers will never get to set foot on Sand Hills, they are welcomed with open arms at The Prairie Club. The Dunes Course is a links course sculpted by Tom Lehman and Chris Brands. The layout is marked by dramatic elevation changes, mind boggling views of the Sand Hills, gigantic blowout bunkers and omnipresent wind. The Pines Course, designed by Graham Marsh, offers a different golf experience. The fairways cut through pines and a few run alongside the edge of the canyon rim. After tackling the two 18-hole tracks, golfers should conclude their day by playing a few holes on the short and fun Horse Course. With huge and rolling dunes, The Prairie Club offers a unique golf experience that is not to be missed.”
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September 2014 – “The experience we enjoyed was way beyond what I had even anticipated. From the day we arrived at the front entrance until we left yesterday we were treated like no other place we have ever played golf. From Mandi and Janeen and Ross and the front desk staff to James and Dallas in the golf shop to everyone on the outside services teams through to the dining staff we felt like royalty. They did everything possible to make us feel welcome. You can be proud of the team of employees you have at The Prairie Club.
We found out that the chef was formerly at Jax Café here in Minneapolis. I am sure you know how fortunate you are to have him at PC. The quality and presentation of the meals was fantastic.
Then there were the two golf courses! Everyone in our group raved about both The Pines and The Dunes. They are world class while being fair and playable for all handicaps.”
August 2014 – “Played two days with a life long friend. We had rooms in the lodge which were 5 star in every respect. The bedding was so wonderful I am ordering sheets and a similar mattress since this one has been discontinued. Food and service also 5 star. Maybe wouldn’t have had sauce on the steak since I enjoy the pure taste of a great steak. Now the golf— these courses will give every golfer at any level a test of their ability. We have played Sand Hills, Dismal River and Wildhorse and this course is just a notch below Sand Hills. Also nice to have a variety with the Pines course.”
August 2014 – “I had a hard time beginning this review. Normally not at a loss for words, having just left The Prairie Club, there are just too many superlatives coming to mind.
First, the sincere kindness and professionalism of the reservation staff was beyond anything I’ve come across in years. This unparalleled courtesy permeates the entire experience throughout the valet, restaurant, pro shop, and cart staff.
Accommodations were impeccable. The beds and linens were first class. Rooms are a perfect match to the lodge setting in the midst of the north central Nebraska landscape of high dunes, yet perched on the edge of a rugged, deep, tree-lined river valley. Food and drink were not only reasonable priced but perfectly prepared whether sitting in the dining area or the golfers lounge.
This is a golfers experience……plain and simple. The courses share share some common themes but the Pines Course meanders high above the river with tree framed tee shots and greens perched on the edges of cliffs. Some of the holes venture into the edge of the dunes.
The Dunes Course is larger and more expansive. Vistas from the elevated tees survey some of the widest fairways I’ve ever seen. But be careful! Blown out, natural bunkers are everywhere splitting the fairways into risk/reward target landing areas.
Both courses feature rolling, quick greens, possessing the most break I’ve played in some time. How much golf do you want to play? We got in 36 each day as a threesome. Each eighteen took approximately three hours. Could have played more. Fifty-four is easily possible if your body can take it. Finish the round and walk away from Your cart. It’s ready for you the next day as you walk from your room down the hall for breakfast and out the door for another memorable day at The Prairie Club.
Have played Bandon, been to Ireland twice, Scotland once. But, this was maybe the most full golfing experience I’ve ever had.
Many thanks to The Prairie Club. See you again soon!”
June 2014 – “Me and three buddies recently played four rounds of golf at the Prairie Club. Played two rounds at the Dunes and two at the Pines. Spent two nights on property. Very enjoyable. The lodge / clubhouse is very nice. The rooms were spacious and clean. Staff was very polite and friendly. Regarding the golf, the two courses we played could not be any more different. The Dunes course is true links style golf. Wide open, natural bunkers all over the place and quite hilly. We all had a difficult time judging distances when you were out in the open. GPS on the carts helped tremendously. The Pines course runs along the Snake River canyon. Pine trees line most of the holes. More flat. Felt like you were playing in Colorado or the Black Hills. I personally enjoyed this course more than the Dunes. This past winter was really tough on the course. Most of the greens were under repair on the Dunes course. Bad winter kill so putting was very difficult. The Pines course’s greens were in much better shape. One of the guys I played with is an avid golfer and has played all over the country. Inspite of the rough greens, he rated the golf experience quite high and rivals many of the other places he has played. I enjoyed it as well. The scenery is amazing. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a short golf vacation.”
Golfing Nebraska also share high praise of The Prairie Club. This is how they describe the resort.
“No expense was spared. The property, clubhouse and the cabins are all First Class.
This is a Tom Lehman designed masterpiece. It is amazing that the Pines Course and the Dunes Course are in the same state; it is unbelievable that they are on the same property. The Pines Course runs along a canyon rim and through the pines. There are inspirational views everywhere. The Dunes Course has the look and feel of Scotland. There are rolling sandhills, covered in a sea of prairie grass, spotted with immense bunkers. This isn’t just a golf course, it is a golf retreat.”
In summary, The Prairie Club is a wonderful golf destination, rivaling other highly rated golf destinations and well worth the visit to Nebraska! For more information, visit The Prairie Club.